I enrolled in this course before taking the exams because I didn't know what to expect in terms of questions and also being from a different part of the world, the terms we used were quite different. Victor understood the difficulties I was facing and kept the lecture going to suit each student. It gave me the confidence I needed. He also provided the material and information I was looking for, instead of trying to go through books one by one and pulling it out. Made the last few days before the exam a breeze as I just had to go through the summaries to refresh my memory. I am grateful that such a course existed for us who left the school bench decades back, trying to remember the theory part. Just got my results and I passed on the first attempt.
Mohamad Fakira, RSE Automotive Service Technician, 2022
The Red Seal Automotive Service Technician Examination Preparation course is designed based on the competencies listed in the trade’s Red Seal Occupational Standard (RSOS). The course will help students review all the trade-specific concepts and theories they will need to challenge and successfully pass the Red Seal Examination.
This intensive review course is for participants who have the requisite theoretical and practical knowledge and have met the challenge requirements to write the exam. The course will guide candidates and help them with the preparation material for the exam to become Red Seal certified.
Automotive Service Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program. However, the province of Quebec does not provide testing for the Red Seal Automotive Service Technician Examination.
Students will have eight weeks to complete this course.
Topics Covered/Learning Objectives
Engine and engine support systems
Vehicle module communications systems
Electrical and comfort control systems
Steering and suspension systems, brake systems, control systems, tires, hubs, and wheel bearings
Restraint systems, components, accessories and trim
Hybrid and electric vehicles
Becoming an Automotive Service Technician as a Career Choice
Automotive service technicians possess the full range of knowledge and abilities required to perform preventative maintenance, diagnose problems and repair vehicle systems including engines, vehicle management, hybrids, steering, braking, tires, wheels, drivetrains, suspension, electrical, electronics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), restraints, trim and accessories of automotive vehicles and light trucks.
Automotive service technicians may be employed by automotive repair shops, dealerships, automotive specialty repair shops, large organizations that may own a fleet of vehicles and motor vehicle body repair companies.
What Do Automotive Services Technicians Do?
While the scope of the automotive service technician trade includes many aspects of vehicle service and repair, an increasing number of technicians specialize in specific areas of automotive vehicle repair due to the complexity of today’s motor vehicle systems. Technicians usually work indoors and can expect a work environment that includes noise, fumes, odours, hazardous compounds, drafts, vibrations, and confined spaces.
The work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, pulling and reaching. Some important attributes of automotive service technicians are good hand-eye coordination, mechanical aptitude, time management skills, logical thinking and decision making skills, excellent communication skills, computer skills and the ability to continue learning as technology advances. It is also imperative to have a valid driver’s license. It is important to listen to customers carefully before trying to repair any issue that may be a characteristic of a vehicle. Reviewing the safety protocols of a system before working on it is paramount.
With additional training, experienced automotive service technicians may advance to shop supervisor or service manager positions. Also technicians can transfer their skills and knowledge to related occupations such as automotive instructor, truck and transport mechanic, agricultural equipment technician or heavy-duty equipment technician. Some technicians may open their own garage or automotive specialty shop.
There is a push from consumers and governments towards lowering emissions and improving fuel economy. Maintenance service requirements, schedules, history and reminders are becoming more important. Vehicle components are being built with lighter and stronger materials. More complex and powerful vehicle management systems are being used. Hybrids and electric vehicles are becoming more popular. More efficient gas and cleaner diesel-fueled vehicles are becoming the norm.
The need for enhanced training continues in the industry. Vehicle communication networks that integrate multiple systems such as safety, suspension, steering and braking are becoming standard. A well-developed understanding of a range of technologies is required. This includes audio system and vehicle monitoring through satellite communications, new styles of automated braking systems [collision monitoring braking systems (CMB), adaptive cruise control], lane changing and parking assistance (blind-spot detection, backup cameras), dual-clutch transmission (DCT), complex communication networks and gasoline direct injection (GDI).
As a result of the introduction of a range of sophisticated technologies, there is a movement towards specialization in the trade. There has been a greater emphasis on environmentally-friendly and less hazardous products with better recycling, disposal and handling procedures. Technicians must be conscious of the detrimental effects of hazardous materials on workers and the environment as well as being informed on the relevant regulations.
There is a greater trend towards component replacement rather than repair. Technicians must be aware of the quality and compatibility of replacement or rebuilt components compared to the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards. More vehicle options are resulting in more customization of the vehicle based on customer preferences.
Note: Before registering for any Red Seal Exam Preparation courses, please contact your local trades authority to confirm your eligibility to write the relevant Red Seal Exam.
Subject to change without notice
Victor Cole has been an Automotive Service Technician for over 20 years. Living in Toronto, Ontario, Victor’s specialty when working as a Technician is electrical and drivability. Victor studied for his apprenticeship at Centennial College in Toronto, ON. In November 2008, Victor received his Automotive Service Technician 310s Red Seal Licence. Victor has recently completed his Bachelor of Education at Brock University and, in May 2020, earned him a membership with the Ontario College of Teachers. Leading by example as a lifelong learner, Victor is currently working on a Bachelor of Technology at Thompson Rivers University through an open learning program. Victor’s hobbies include Blacksmithing and running. Victor also volunteers his spare time to animal rescue. Victor Cole became a teacher to do his part to help tomorrow’s generation be successful in an ever-changing world.
Coming again in 2023
Students must devote at least 2 hours per week to attend live webinars
Webinars will be held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 8:00 pm PST
Outside of live instructional periods, students will be expected to take part in various independent and/or group activities
The registration fee for this course is $495.
Live Online Students
Ashton College uses web conferencing tools for conducting online classes and online learning management systems for managing resources, assignments, and grades. These tools help instructors and students connect live online as well as asynchronously. The basic requirements for online learning include a computer, webcam, speakers, and a microphone or a headset and headphones, along with a reliable internet connection. Though online learning can be pursued using smartphones and tablets, the use of laptops or desktop computers is encouraged for an enhanced learning experience.
This course does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training. As such, it was not reviewed.